Home' Scoop : Scoop 50 Summer 2009 Contents ing honour of being on our 50th edition cover
with his Dehavilland Cord dress on the amazing
Bridget (but more about her later), his hand
finished designs are making the red carpet rounds.
Seen on the likes of the gorgeous Lauren
O'Shannassy, fiancee of Matthew Pavlich and a
welcome oasis of taste and decorum in the tan-
gerine desert of the Brownlow ceremony, his raw
elegance helps WA women stand out from the rest.
He's been at our fashion forefront since gradu-
ating from the WA School of Art and Design in
1998, snatching the Student Designer of the Year
and Evening Wear awards at the WA Fashion
Design Awards that year.
We touted him as one of our most promising
designers in 2001, comparing his work with that
of a young Akira Igosawa -- and since then, he has
Aside from winning the WA Designer of the
Year award in 2005, his collections are consistently
appealing, with a recurring motif through each.
Remember his screen-printed work that went crazy
through the mid naughties? Alvin was one of only
50 international designers (and the only one hail-
ing from WA, naturally) to show at Milan fashion
week in 2005.
Lately, he's been busy: opening his first store
in Times Square Claremont, being one of the few
West Australian men's designers with his label
ae'men (which is also featured in our main shoot),
as well as producing ready to wear and couture col-
lections jam-packed with intricate detail, sparkly
gems, and best of all -- fluffy feathers.
You can't have a perfectly appointed outfit
without accessories -- as far as we're concerned,
baubles, bangles and beads play just as strong a
role as a swishy skirt or perfectly tailored pants.
Sophie Kyron is one who understands, making
her first pieces of jewellery for an accessory-devoid
Barbie many years ago, and has been beading wire
Her work is always remarkable -- a combination
of vintage finds, beads and leather, she balances
feminine with edgy, fantastic with everyday, you
can wear it black tie or with jeans and look chic
She's also launched a bridal collection for the
less traditional women in white, her cool antique/
modern aesthetic a welcome addition to the some-
what sparse bridal accessories available for those
who prefer to leave tiaras to dress-up parties.
Recent winner of the WA Fashion Award for
the Fine Details, Sophie's work has been in the
jewellery boxes of women across the country for a
good 20 years, and counting.
Some jewellery boxes are more loaded than
others; Sophie's gems are often found hanging
from the ears and necks of celebrities, with A-list
actresses like the gorgeous Cate Blanchett and
Toni Collette singing her praises, and Channel
Ten wardrobe apparently dipping into her current
lines with vigour -- pop on the news (or the 7pm
Project) and you're bound to see someone with her
signature beads swinging from their lobes.
When it comes to WA designers, it's names like
these that are truly inspirational. They might be
jetting about, rubbing shoulders with the famous
and fancy, and winning more awards than any
pool room could possibly accommodate; but by
remaining here and using local models, makeup
artists and photographers, they are ensuring our
budding fashion industry will continue to blossom.
Sophie Kyron (right) and her
Suzi Q necklace. (Opposite
page, from far left) Aurelio
Costarella; Alvin Fernandez;
Ae'lkemi Dehavilland cord
dress; Sophie Kyron For the
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